James Barnes (composer)

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James Charles Barnes (born (1949-09-09) September 9, 1949 (age 65) in Hobart, Oklahoma, U.S.) is an American composer.[1]

Barnes studied composition and music theory at the University of Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1974, and Master of Music in 1975. He studied conducting privately with Zuohuang Chen. Since 1977 he has been a professor of theory and composition at the University of Kansas, where he teaches orchestration and composition.[1]

Barnes is also a tubist and has performed with numerous professional organizations in the United States.[1]

His numerous compositions are frequently played in America, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. The Japanese concert band Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra has produced 3 CDs to date with works of James Barnes.

He has twice received the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for contemporary wind band music.[2][3][4]

Works[edit]

Works for concert band[edit]

  • A Solemn Prelude for Symphonic Band. Op. 114
  • A Light in the Wilderness
  • A Very American Overture
  • All Pleasant Things - commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band
  • Alvamar Overture
  • Autumn Soliloquy for Oboe and concert band
  • Appalachian Overture
  • Arioso For Symphonic Band
  • Beautiful Oregon
  • Breckenridge
  • Brookshire Suite
  • Caribbean Hideaway
  • Carnaval in São Paulo
  • Centennial Celebration Overture
  • Century Tower Overture
  • Chorale and Jubiloso
  • Chorale Prelude on a German Folk Tune Op. 61
  • Concerto for Tuba and Wind Band
  • Crossgate
  • Danza Sinfonica
  • Desperate Pursuit
  • Dream Journey, Op.98 (a Tone Poem for Symphonic Band)
  • Dreamers...
  • Doctor Who
  • Duo Concertante, Op. 74
  • Eaglecrest
  • Eagle Bend Overture for Band
  • Eisenhower Centennial March[5]
  • Fanfares and Alleluias
  • Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Nicolo Paganini
  • Festival Concert March
  • Festive Music for Singapore
  • Foxfire Overture for Symphonic Band
  • German Folk Tune
  • Golden Brass
  • Golden Festival Overture Op. 95
  • Heatherwood Portrait
  • High Plains Overture
  • Hobart Centennial March
  • Hunter Park
  • Inspiration Point
  • Inventions On Marching Songs
  • Invocation and Toccata[6]
  • Impressions of Japan
  • Jubilation Overture
  • Legend
  • Lonely Beach Normandy 1944
  • Long Gray Line
  • Maracas from Caracas
  • March Kawasaki
  • Meadowlark, A Pastorale
  • Medicine Lodge
  • Mojaves Claves
  • Music from "Girl Crazy" by George Gershwin
  • Nulli Secundus March
  • Omaggio
  • Pagan Dances
    1. Ritual
    2. Mystics
    3. The Master of the Sword
  • Poetic Intermezzo
  • Rapscallion
  • Rhapsodic Essay; Gathering of Eagles
  • Riverfest
  • Romanza
  • Spitfire Overture
  • Stone Meadows
  • Sunflower Saga
  • Symphonic Overture
  • The Old Guard
  • The Pershing Rifles
  • The Silver Gazebo
  • The Texans
  • Toccata Fantastica
  • Torch Dance
  • Trailridge Saga
  • Trail of Tears
  • Trumpets and Drums
  • Twin Oaks Overture for Band
  • Valor
  • Variations on a Moravian Hymn
  • Visions Macabres
  • Westport Overture
  • Westridge Overture
  • Wild Blue Yonder
  • Wildwood Overture
  • Yama Midori (Green Mountains)
  • Yorkshire Ballad[7]

Symphonies[edit]

  • Second Symphony Op. 44
  • 1994 Third Symphony - "The Tragic" Op. 89
    1. Lento. Allegro ritmico
    2. Scherzo
    3. Fantasia - Mesto (for Natalie)
    4. Finale - Allegro giocoso
  • Fourth Symphony "Yellowstone Portraits" Op. 103b
    1. Dawn on the Yellowstone River
    2. Pronghorn Scherzo
    3. Inspiration Point (Tower Falls)
  • Fifth Symphony "Phoenix" Op. 110
  • Sixth Symphony Op. 130 (written for the Lake Braddock High School Symphonic Band)
  • Seventh Symphony (Symphonic Requiem) Op. 135
  • Eighth Symphony – „for Wangen“ Op. 148 (written for the 1200 anniversary of Wangen im Allgäu in 2015, premiere on March 20th 2015 in Wangen im Allgäu by Stadtkapelle Wangen conducted by James Barnes.)[8]

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